How to! 6) Walk a long distance for the first time

Hi,
today I want to share with you a little tutorial. I will talk about Hiking a very long distance, lets say that this means 35+ kilometers.


I did this three times as of today (30.8.16) so I will share some of the most useful tips to get you ready for some fun journey. (We will be talking about long one day hikes)

Planning

First of all you need to have your way well planned.
Take your time about thinking what distance you can walk, if you do not have any experience start with ~35. If you do some sports and you enjoy this kind of thing go for ~60km or even more, depends on your self confidence.
If you want to try some huge distance but you have less experience, try to plan your way around bus stations and train stations so you can get home if something goes wrong.
Try to walk a circle or such a shape so at any time (best in the end) you can cut it and walk right towards home. If you go 30 km strictly north with no other way to get home except by feet you may get into trouble.
Timing is important. Check out weather and start soon enough, you do not want to walk in darkness to much. (That is anyway inevitable if you want to walk more).

Packing

Take food that can boost you with energy. Take water. Pack extra pair of shoes. Shoes are the single most important things you will have to pack. It might happen that you will have to walk in them for 12+ hours and if it is the first time you have them on, there could be huge trouble. Take your surest shoes, two pairs. In summer I would go for sandals and closed boots. Pack extra pairs of socks (3/4/5 for example), it is very nice to change your socks from time to time. Definitely take headlight just in case you walk in dark. Take raincoat, NOT umbrella! Do not forget on money and basic first aid kit. (You do not probably need anything more!!!)

Walking

Try to walk on asphalt and hard surface as least as you can, this will save you from lot of pain (plan you route according to this)! Take a bag that has waist belt and make it as tight as you can, this helps your back and shoulders that would otherwise have to bear all of your stuff. Try to go at steady pace, the exact speed depends on the length of your route but if you are starter I bet that you will be walking at speed around 4 km/h + you will need time to rest and such.

This is all I can come up with, though I might share some more experience with you when I attend such track again.

Dragallur

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65 km trip again!

Hi,
my mother told me that my post were too mathematical for her, hopefully she will like this one more :D. So about week and something back, I wrote about my summer camp where I walked 65.5 kilometers in one day. With friend I decided to repeat this and we had in plan 80 kilometers (again) though due to some things we did not finish it whole.


Me and my friend, we started at 3:00 AM. I personally had about 3.5 hours of sleep. The trip was planned to be 80 kilometers long though in the first part which was about 32 we had a long delay.

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This is the city after 32 kilometers.

We stopped at Tesco and bought some food and it was quite clear that we can not make it in time (I had to be back roughly around sunset). This was because I thought that we could do it with the speed of 5 km/h which is not much for walking but a lot when you walk for more than 12 hours. My friend went home by train than and I decided to take the shortest way to home, it took me 16 hours.

At one point we met one guy. It was in the early morning. I talked to friend who was few meters behind and I said something about 20 kilometers left to go for the northest point.
The guy asked if we think that we can walk it 😀 I had that distance almost three more times in my shoes when I returned home!

In the end I had 65.14 kilometers walked and my feet hurt a lot. Again I can just recommend you to try something like this, we also had a beautiful sunrise though my phone camera is not very good:

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When we saw sunrise we had few hours behind already!

Dragallur